What if the solution to Washington… wasn’t in Washington? The 50 states could be America’s secret weapon against an ever-expanding federal government. States can amend the constitution to demand fiscal responsibility in Washington, can request that federal regulation comply with local ordinances, and can form interstate compacts to better protect constitutional rights. The Goldwater Institute is providing a roadmap for states to reassert their power under the Tenth Amendment.
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Compact For AmericaPosted on November 20, 2013 | Type: Article
49 states have a balanced budget requirement or debt limit. They are far from perfect, but they keep most States out of the situation faced by the federal government—which borrows nearly 50 cents of every dollar spent. It is time we learn from the States. Based on what debt limits have worked best in the States over 150 years of trial and error, Compact for America advances a powerful Balanced Budget Amendment that will finally bring sanity to the federal government's finances. An interstate compact provides the vehicle to advance the BBA because it transforms the otherwise cumbersome state-initiated amendment process under Article V of the United States Constitution into a “turn-key” operation.
Strassel: Driving Dick DurbinPosted on October 31, 2013 | Type: In the News
The Illinois senator targets the American Legislative Exchange Council, whose reform proposals hit trial lawyers in the pocketbook.
Cheaters Revenge Meets the New World OrderPosted on May 15, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
What does poisoning a goldfish to get revenge on a cheating spouse have to do with the President’s power to make treaties? The constitutionally correct answer is: Nothing at all. Unfortunately, that’s not how the Obama Administration sees it. The Administration is claiming power to get into a domestic dispute under the authority of a chemical weapons treaty. And it is aggressively advancing the proposition that Congress’s power is essentially unlimited when based on the treaty power.
States Can Save Taxpayers $609 BillionPosted on April 30, 2013 | Type: In the News | Author: Christina Corieri
State governments generally don't have much of an impact on the federal budget. But there was a gift for fiscally conservative state lawmakers tucked into last summer's U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. In National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the court ruled that Congress cannot coerce states into expanding Medicaid by threatening to withhold federal dollars for a state's existing program. This ruling effectively gave state policy makers the unique opportunity to veto hundreds of billions of dollars in new federal spending.
Fixing Federal Debt is Up to the StatesPosted on April 25, 2013 | Type: Press Release
In a policy report released this week, Goldwater Institute Director of Policy Development Nick Dranias proposes the Compact for America, an interstate compact concept to advance a balanced budget amendment through state legislatures. If approved by 38 states, the Compact would require the federal government to obtain the approval of the majority of legislatures to green light any increase above an initial debt limit. In other words, 26 states would have to cosign for the federal government’s credit card.